Reading Strategies outlines three steps to helping your kids LOVE reading.
1. Find high-interest books
High-interest books are simply books to which kids are attracted. You may not have thought of these selections are kid charmers. Give them a try — you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
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Providence Talks is a great organization based in Rhode Island. The voluntary program gives low-income families “word pedometers” that count the number of words spoken to their children under four. The organization uses this information to work with families to increase the word count.
Early results demonstrate that simple access to information can be powerful. In one pilot study, caretakers presented with data on their child’s vocabulary development increased their adult daily word count by 55% on average.
Check them out at their website here.
Here is a great New York Times article regarding the knowledge gap and the importance of talking to children before they can respond.
Trying to Close a Knowledge Gap, Word by Word
“’We don’t want parents talking at babies,’ Ms. Lerner said. ‘We want parents talking with babies.'”
Here is a great article about reading, talking, and singing to babies. It covers everything from sounds to encouraging involvement. At the bottom of the article, there is a chart with early literacy development milestones that ranges from 0-24 months.
Janea from I Can Teach My Child has a fabulous post on what parents should be doing when they read to their children. You can check it out here. It ranges everything from reading the title and author, to asking questions.
Early Literacy Counts: Room to Grow posted 10 benefits to reading to your baby.
Here’s a small preview:
- It is a bonding experience between the adult and the child.
- A baby’s brain is still developing; reading significantly stimulates this brain development.
- Infants learn to listen to and comprehend language.
- Reading exposes children to new vocabulary and concepts.
For the last 6 check out the post here: